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Email hacking scam

May 21, 2019

HIA is aware of email scammers directly hacking the email accounts of businesses and obtaining the email addresses of their clients.

While the details may vary, the scam is as follows:

  • The scammer sends an email to the clients, claiming to be the builder
  • The scammer gives new bank account details for progress payments to be made into
  • The bank account details are of a false account. This allows the scammers to steal the clients’ funds by getting them to pay money into the wrong bank account.

What should you do?

  • Check your IT security
  • Seek additional verification where updating bank details is concerned
  • Warn clients of possible email scams and ask them to alert you of any unusual emails they receive.

Regulatory bodies are urging businesses to ensure vigilance over their accounts, and to ensure that their cyber security and privacy practices are up-to-date.

If you believe that you have been a victim of such cybercrime, or that someone is trying to scam you, then you should report this to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) via their website and to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) via their SCAMwatch website. This will ensure that the report goes to the relevant enforcement and/or government agency.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact a HIA Workplace Adviser on 1300 650 620